Gaia in the UK

Taking the Galactic Census

Gaia DR1 workshops

Workshop Rationale

The Gaia Data Release 1 is scheduled for Wednesday 14th September. The ESA Gaia-DR1 announcement is at whilst the contents of Gaia-DR1 are given at

The UK Gaia project ( is organising a series of one day workshops open to interested astronomers in the UK. These will provide a basic introduction to the Gaia mission, an overview of the catalogue contents including scientific quality and practical information on how to handle and access them from the Gaia archive for science research. 


Registration for the Gaia Data Release 1 (Gaia DR1) UK Workshops is now open at:

Please register by THURSDAY 20th OCTOBER 2016 for the Bristol workshop

(20160910: Registration for the Cambridge workshop is now CLOSED)

Workshop Information

Information about the three initial workshops will be found at the following pages:

Workshop Content

Each one day workshop will cover simlar content. 

  • Gaia Mission and Status

  • What's in Gaia DR1

  • Usage of Astrometric data (inc handling of errors)

  • The Gaia data archive - intro in how to access Gaia Data and ise of ADQL in the ESA archive.

  • Visualising Gaia DR1 data including TopCat/ Aladin

  • Example Use cases

  • Participants Use Cases

  • Participants presentations

  • Feedback and Wrap-Up

Workshop Requirements and Logistics

Detailed information about each workshop can be found on each of the individual workshop pages. 

Workshop Organisers

The UK Gaia DR1 workshops are organised by Nicholas Walton (IoA, Cambridge), Nigel Hambly (IfA, University of Edinburgh) and Mark Taylor (University of Bristol).  The tutors at each workshop are listed on each of the individual workshop pages.